Stephen Wright, American Actor, wrote: “I bought some instant water one time but I didn’t know what to add to it!”
Dave Barry, American Humorist, wrote: “Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.”
The next time you think you are perfect, try walking on water. It can be done, I think, here. I know there are lots of unkind remarks about the water in Mexico. Unkind aside, there is truth to the statement. The water is suspect. No doubt about it. Mexico would never be mistaken for the Land of Sky Blue Waters.
Even the locals seem to have water delivered. The good thing about water delivery is people travel through neighborhoods shouting “aqua” constantly and all you need to know how to say is Uno or Dos. They carry it into our home and retrieve empty bottles upon leaving all for just 14 pesos – mere pennies in USD.
I tired to think about water the other day, but nothing happened. Which is precisely my argument; I never thought about water much. I’m quite sure all my eco-concerned friends will not be happy hearing me admit to this lack of thought. But there it is I’ve put it on the table. I took water for granted.
One good thing I’ve noticed about the water here in Mexico, after a shower my hair, which is baby fine, has much more body. I try not to think about why I just look at the volume as a positive and go about my merry way. Again, thinking, even once in a while, can be highly over-rated.
To take this one step further, I used to know someone – she was born in Finland – who used bleach when washing her dishes. Not a lot. Just a few drops. My first reaction was: “ewe, how can you even think about putting bleach in your water”. Well folks, I now not only put bleach in my dish water, I wash my fresh fruits and vegetables with a touch of bleach and, go figure, think nothing of it.
When we first arrived here many people said we should be prepared, at some point we would be visited by flu-like symptoms and the need for quick trips to the porcelain princess. Knock on wood, neither of us has had that happen as yet. We anticipate it. We are eternally grateful that it hasn’t happened so far.
Something odd that has happened has to do with our wash machine. Yes folks, I dragged our washer and dryer down to Mexico with us. Had we known how inexpensive it is to get things laundered we would not have done so. It costs approximately $5.00 USD to get three loads of wash done a week. Since we lugged the washer and dryer down here it behooved us to attempt to use it.
Well, the dryer has never worked. The correct electric outlet has been placed in the laundry room – it has never worked. We simply get puzzled looks from everyone we’ve had in to fix it. It does come in handy as a sort-of table that I’d truly be lost without.
I used to wonder: why is it when things get wet they get darker, even though water is clear. I know longer wonder about that. The washer does work. Again, we were told ahead of time the water is dirty. We do not have a filter system on our washer. To step back, when we had our clothes laundered the one thing that stood out was the chemical smell – especially on the sheets. Neither of us like that smell.
So, undaunted I began washing my own clothes. Low-and-behold as time passed I noted the whites were not getting that sparkly clean look any longer. Mysterious spots were appearing where there had been none. Even David’s clothes, which acquire spots of their own volition, had more spots then usual. Then I looked at my washer and the drum had a brown tint to it. Heck, this is more then dirty water when it can dis-color the washer drum.
I do get a certain amount of satisfaction out of hanging the clothes up to dry. I am surprised to say, I don’t mind not having a dryer as the weather here is great for drying clothes and leaving them smelling like the great outdoors. A benefit in my mind.
I close with a comment Jerry Seinfeld once said: “Now they show you detergents that take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with bloodstains all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash.” Here, in Mexico, the bloodstains would blend in perfectly with the rest of the laundry – no need to dispose of the body! Viva Mexico!
Amigo with water.
Notice how the hummingbird's wings take on the color of the lily.
You can see the beautiful lily pedals through the hummingbird’s gauze-like wings.
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